By Frank McAvennie

8th Oct, 2021 | 11:54am

'Lethal' Bamford will 'come back stronger' after a month at Leeds - pundit

Frank McAvennie claims Patrick Bamford will come back stronger and start scoring goals for Leeds when he recovers from his injury.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared Bamford’s current situation to that of Harry Kane.

Bamford told the club’s official podcast (30 September) his current injury was “nothing massive” and the latest is he will return to full training in mid-October.

That would mean at least month without a competitive match for Bamford, who last featured for Leeds against Newcastle United on 17 September.

The forward has only scored once in the Premier League this season after noticing 17 times during the 2020-21 campaign.

Similarly, Kane is struggling in front of goal though he has scored five goals in Europe and the EFL Cup.

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McAvennie claims Bamford is too good to not find his old form and tipped him to return stronger than ever.

“I really like Bamford,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He proved everyone wrong last season and scored a boatload of goals. He was lethal.

“It’s a bit like Kane, I’m sure he will start scoring again soon and the same is right for Bamford.

“He’s too good to not pick up form. I know he played a lot last season so maybe the rest will do him good.

“I love watching Leeds and he’s a big part of that, a proper striker. He will be back stronger I’m sure.”

Bamford faced major doubts over his ability to score in the Premier League ahead of last season.

His 17 goals and seven assists silenced many of those doubters as he helped Leeds secure a top-half finish.

In other news, major update on Kalvin Phillips injury after Leeds United assessment at Thorp Arch.